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Old February 28th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #16
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This is a well composed movie with a good story line and tidy narration. The story unfolds little-by little until we finally get the prize. What beautiful images you have captured - and under such difficult light conditions - dim, evening twilight. The soft atmosphere with its subdued hues certainly enhances your ‘ghosts of the friary’ theme.

I must say that I find it very difficult to follow a bird in flight especially when it is that close and flying across my path - therefore I appreciate even more the ease with which you have accomplished it.

Well done, as usual, Mat. You are a good storyteller - whether using images alone or actual narration. An exceptional movie.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 06:11 PM   #17
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Mat, a winner. Your narration set the tone for the video. You gave me a real sence of place and told me what I was watching. Besides the beautiful birds, the backdrop of those ancient ruins were great. I think you did a superb job of following the birds in flight, your Camcorder movement was very smooth. A great entry. Bob
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Old February 28th, 2008, 07:04 PM   #18
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Mat. Wow. Not just one owl, but....

You've got more guts than I do, not only speaking but also facing the rig. Thanks for the story and education. Enjoyable, fun, fascinating.
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 12:47 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Mat Thompson View Post

They have some fab shots of the owls coming to ground onto prey.
In '99 I was participating in a Disaster Control exercise when I saw an owl swoop across the field and bank 90 degrees to snatch a squirrel off the side of a tree trunk.

So fast I had no chance to lift the still camera and shoot but it was awesome.

Very well done, Mat. I like every aspect of what you did and how you did it.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 05:31 AM   #20
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Great film Matt,
Your story of those gosts of the bird world was a ripper! Lovely shots you got of them, & a fantastic VO. Well done.

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